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Akiba Rubinstein vs G G Bartoszkiewicz
corr (1897) (correspondence)
Italian Game: Scotch Gambit. Max Lange Attack (C55)  ·  1-0



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Nov-10-07  Karpova: Actually, Bartoszkiewicz was the strong player Rubinstein met and played against before his chess career began and not Salwe.
Nov-10-07  whiteshark: <Karpova> Rubinstein's family moved to Białystok around 1900 and moved on to Łódź (where Salwe lived) in 1903.

Nov-11-07  Karpova: Yes, Lodz was along with St. Petersburg and Moscow the chess centre of the Russian Empire with 300000 citizens at that time.
Jan-08-08  Whitehat1963: Great midweek puzzle after 14...Bg6.
Mar-04-08  Autoreparaturwerkbau: <Whitehat1963> It sure is. Not even the slightest doubt that your suggestion will be fulfilled some day.

The combination is really jaw-dropper.

Mar-16-09  henry55: The game Rubinstein - Bartoszkiewicz wasn't played in 1897. Probably in 1901 or 1902 in Bialystok and wasn't correspondence game. The young Rubinstein was very poor and cant play by post. Probably Donaldson and Minev given incorrect data.
Mar-16-09  FHBradley: <henry55:> Where did you get your "data"?
Mar-16-09  henry55: Some time ago T.Lissowski wrote the review of the book Donaldson and Minew. He among others writes that S.Postma in his book "Jeugpartijen van Beroemde Meesters" that was the correspondence game and gives the bad date which Donaldson and Minev accept without checking. Also his the earlier article about Bartoszkiewicz.
and IM Jan Teplitsky "Akiba Rubinstein Revisited" in ChessLife 2002v12, p.772-774
Mar-17-09  Calli: <henry55> thanks for pointing that out!

We also discovered that Donaldson has the wrong order of games for the Vienna 1908 tournament. He even comments that Rubinstein lost his chance at 1st place with losses in the late rounds. Not true! See discussion at Rubinstein vs P F Johner, 1908

Apr-05-09  vraja: what a game !

Black cannot take back the bishop after white's c3 since white threatens back rank mate. Also, black cannot take the d4 knight using his c6 knight due to the same problem. Black needs to move his c8 bishop to connect his rooks/queen, but it is too late since white deflects black from the d file thru e8+. Beautiful tactical piece.

Apr-06-09  Calli: 14...Bg6?? is a blunder. 14...c5 is better.
Jan-14-10  JIRKA KADLEC: [White "Akiba Rubinstein"]
[Black "G G Bartoszkiewicz
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.O-O Bc5 6.e5 d5 7.exf6 dxc4 8.Re1+ ( 8.fxg7 Rg8 9.Bg5 Be7 10.Bxe7 Kxe7 11.Re1 Be6 12.Re4 d3 13.Nbd2 Qd5 =/ ) 8...Kf8 ( 8...Be6 ) 9.Bg5 gxf6 10.Bh6+ Kg8 11.Nxd4? ( 11.Nbd2= ) 11... Bxd4 12.c3 Bf5?? ( 12...Be5! ) 13. cxd4 Nxd4?! ( 13...Ne7 14.Qe2 Be6 15.Nc3 c6 16.Rad1 Ng6 17.d5 cxd5 18.Rxd5! ) 14.Nc3 14...Bg6? ( 14...c5 15.Qa4 b5 16.Qa6 Be6 17.Rad1 ) 15.Re8+! Qxe8 16.Qxd4 ( 16.Nd5 ) 16...Qe5? ( 16...c6 ) 17.Nd5 1-0
Jan-24-11  sfm: Maybe Black better play 9.-,Qd6.
Apr-25-11  bolek88: 12.c3 Be5 13.Qxd8+ Nxd8 14.f4 Ne6
Jun-15-11  Noflaps: I sit with my well-worn, golden copy of Akiba Rubinstein: Uncrowned King right in front of me. The book written by IMs Donaldson and Minev.

On page 7, the book provides the text of this game, and states that it was played in 1901 (with a question mark, indicating tht the date is uncertain). The book does not state, so far as I have seen, that the game was played by "correspondence," and as noted below that seems unlikely, given Akiba's humble circumstances at the time.

Jun-23-11  Noflaps: Incidentally, I offered my last post because I was puzzled by the contention, if I understood it correctly, that Donaldson and Minev "accepted" a "bad date" for this game "without checking." It appears to me, by looking at my copy of their work, that they didn't make such a mistake. Was some different game being discussed?
Sep-12-11  Cemoblanca: Thank you for this nice game collection <Karpova>. I really appreciate it! :0)
Jan-19-13  Diglot: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.0–0 Bc5 6.e5 d5 7.exf6 dxc4 8.Re1+ Kf8 <8.Be6 is likely better> 9.Bg5 gxf6 10.Bh6+ Kg8 11.Nxd4 <11.Nbd2 or 11.Na3 are also good> 11...Bxd4 12.c3 Bf5 <The decisive mistake. 12...Be5 or 12...Bxf2+ are to be preferred> 13.cxd4 <13...c3 or 13...a5 also are no help> 13...Nxd4 14.Nc3 Bg6 <14...c6 or 14...c5 should have been played, though White still would have decisive advantage. This leads to forced mate in seven: 15.Re8+ Qxe8 16.Nd5 Ne2+ 17.Qxe2 Qe6 18.Ne7+ Qxe7 19.Qxe7 Be4 20.Qxf6 b5 21.Qg7#> 15.Re8+ Qxe8 16.Qxd4 <Rubinstein misses the mate in 5!> 16...Qe5 <Leads in mate in five again> 17.Nd5 1-0
Dec-31-13  Karpova: <noflaps>

You probably have the 1st edition, the info for this game comes from the 2nd edition, p. 18 (<Correspondence 1897 (?)>). Donaldson & Minev were aware of how uncertain the date is.

Lissowski (see also <henry55>'s links) - - mentions the possible dates 1901 and 1902.

Here is a good summary:

It will probably remain Rubinstein's earliest known game. Akiva possibly played in a handicap tournament in 1902-1903, before he played in his first real tournament, the 3rd All-Russian Championship in Kiev, September 1903 (and second event, considering the qualifying match against Salwe, April to June 1903).

Jan-10-17  reti: Rubinstein was not a World Champion because Lasker's fee was high.
Dec-31-19  MordimerChess: I just got an idea to make series about games of Akiba Rubinstein on youtube. So of course I started with this one - his first ever recorded game.

The link as follow:

First 10 minutes I had to explain who was great Akiba as a lot of players haven't really heard about him. But if you are fanatic of Rubinstein, as I am, you should enjoy the content ;)

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  DanQuigley: You know, one would think that with computers and after all this time a consensus would have been reached regarding the position after Black's tenth move, but it is still not at all clear whose position is to be preferred.

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